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Hidden Bench Winery Chardonnay 2017 Wine Review

Hidden Bench Winery Chardonnay 2017

Hidden Bench Winery Chardonnay 2017

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $29.95

Drink: 2019-2024

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Organic wine


Winery: Hidden Bench Winery

Agent: Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits

Natalie's Score: 92/100

The Chardonnay wine grapes for 2017 Hidden Bench Estate were organically grown on the estate and sourced from the Locust Lane, Felseck and Rosomel Vineyards in the Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment. The wine is aged in 100% French oak - some new, second use and older and some also in concrete egg. Hidden Bench is known for its artisanal, terroir-driven wines and this one does not disappoint. Ripe apple, pear, light herbs, vanilla and spice wrapped up in a stony acidity. Elegant and lean with great length.

Chardonnay food pairings: grilled seafood, pork tenderloin, lobster in butter sauce, ravioli in an Alfredo sauce.

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This Hidden Bench Winery Chardonnay 2017 was reviewed on February 26, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Carolyn Hetke rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Hidden Bench is one of the masters of Ontario Chardonnay and this one does not disappoint. This is an elegant wine, nicely balanced and structured. The oak is well integrated and adds richness to the overall experience. Lovely, long finish. Savour this one with pasta with cream sauce or saltimbocca. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com
Craig Haynes WSET 3, FWS rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

From Ontario's revered Beamsville bench, this chardonnay was completely crafted with certified organic fruit grown in Hidden Bench's own vineyards. Aromatic. Richly textured. Appealing acidity. Nutty notes frame an attractive core of spiced pears and ripe red apples. Enjoy. Sampled at Taste Ontario! March 2020.
Linda Mertes WSET 2 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

A light-bodied Chardonnay from Beamsvile Bench, Niagara, the grapes are organic and natural yeasts were used in the fermentation. Also unfined so the wine may have some sediment which can be decanted. Floral and white fruit aromas. Light acidity will pair well with mild fish, appetizers or sipping.
Produced from organically grown grapes from the Locust lane, Felseck and Rosomel Vineyards. Aged in a mix of small and large oak barrels mostly previously-used vessels more to marry and mellow than impart flavour. A lovely Chardonnay with a fresh and floral nose. - Community Wine Reviews

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